NJ/PA Roads - Warren CR 627/Riegelsville Bridge
Warren CR 627, Riegelsville Bridge
All photos taken westbound.
The only sign on CR 627 proper on this page, since it's embossed.
Okay, if CR 627 doesn't end at the bridge, why is this sign here? I've been puzzling over that myself, and the best I can come up with is that CR 627 splits just before the bridge. The "main" part, according to the NJDOT Straight Line Diagrams, continues south a short distance to Hunterdon County. This "branch" leads onto the Riegelsville Bridge. If only Warren County could clear things up for me...
Another puzzling sign assembly. The obvious connection for a roadgeek is black-on-white distance signs are old. All of these signs do look about the same age, but what gives me pause is that that age doesn't appear to be that old. Regardless of the amount of traffic a road sees, weather should affect the signs equally. So my best guess is that these are either Warren County or DRJTBC signs done to older specs, even though neither of those agencies has any other signs looking like this. I would love to believe that these were erected the last year of this color scheme, but that would be too many years ago to be realistic. (It's possible that there were actual old signs here that looked like this, and were replaced to the exact specs instead of modernized. That would explain the WEIGHT LIMIT 2½ TON instead of TONS.
Here's your history lesson: 100 years ago or more, the only right way to build a suspension bridge was with the name Roebling. That's why this 1904 bridge is still open to traffic, even if it can't carry the loads it used to.
Notice that the steel deck dips scarily at the towers. Clearly, the piers have settled, and without completely rebuilding the structure of the bridge, this is what drivers get to cross. As the weight limit dips lower, eventually there will either be a new bridge here or no bridge at all.
One more dip, and we made it!
What I can only imagine is the original tollhouse, at the base of the southern cable anchor. Notice how flimsy the anchor is compared to those of modern bridges - and how skimpy the cables are. That's why the weight limit is so low. I don't know for how long tolls were collected, assuming I fingered the use correctly.
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